2016 Teachers

Grove City Art & Theatre Camp 2016 TEACHERS

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Susan O’Neill (Puppets on Parade)

As the Costume Director for Seton Hill University, Greensburg Pa, and as a professional costume designer and member of New York’s USA 829 since 1985, Susan designs costumes for theatre, dance and opera as well as being a published children’s book illustrator and studio artist. She has worked professionally under the world renowned designer Ming Cho Lee, at Yale University, and has studied teaching strategies and techniques with USITT. Most recently, Susan was the resident designer for the Pittsburgh CLO from 2010-2014, and also designed the world Premiere of “Judge Jackie Justice” for the CLO Cabaret.

Having spent 11 years as the resident costume designer/coordinator for The Pittsburgh Opera, and 9 years as the resident designer for The Dance Alloy, her costume designs and builds have also been seen at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, The Lincoln Center OUT-OF-DOORS Festival and Seattle Opera, as well as toured to three continents, and featured on major network television. Susan has been a guest faculty member and costume designer at the Conservatory of the Performing Arts of Point Park University and a guest lecturer at Gustavus Adolphus College, MN, Allegheny College, PA, and Slippery Rock University, PA.


lawrence karlLawrence Karl  (Stage Combat for Theatre)

Lawrence Karl is a 22-year old actor/performer who resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lawrence is currently studying at Slippery Rock University to receive a B.A. in theatre and a B.A. in dance. He is a senior planning to graduate in the spring of 2017. Lawrence also works for the university Theatre Department Staff to construct and paint the sets for upcoming productions at SRU and as a Teaching Assistant for the Intro to Theatre classes. While being a student, Karl also performs with the theatre department in many various productions. Lawrence has also performed with various theatre companies around the Pittsburgh area such as Mercer High School’s production of Seussical (Assistant Director), Shadow and Flames Prod.(The Gateway Clipper Fleet, Pittsburgh), The Red Barn Theatre (Zelienople), Butler Musical Theatre Guild (Butler) and Comtra Theatre (Cranberry). When not in school, Karl works in Pittsburgh at Daring Room Escapes in Shadyside and The Pittsburgh Double Decker Tour Company in South Side. When he finishes his degrees, Lawrence plans to move to Los Angeles or New York to work as an actor.

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Sarah Potter (Exploring, Discovering, and Imagining ART in the World Around Us)

Sarah Potter is a wife, mother, dog lover, and teacher who has lived in Grove City for 16 years.  Currently she is teaching 3-4 year olds at the Early Education Center at Grove City College.  She loves anything artistic from preschool finger paintings to paintings by the Impressionists to poetry and pottery.




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Deanna Brookens (Kids Theatre: Super Hero Week)

Deanna Brookens is an Instructor in the Theatre Department at SRU, as well as a Creative Drama teacher in the Slippery Rock community. She has experience teaching students from pre-school and beyond, having created and worked within a variety of educational programs, including creative drama workshops, storybook theatre camp, high school summer intensives and children’s musical theatre productions. Deanna loves teaching theatre for youth, working alongside students to create and collaborate in a fun and encouraging atmosphere, and she is thrilled to join the Grove City ArtWorks summer camp team!


                Amber Camp HeadshotAmber Mikec (Kids Theatre: Super Hero Week)

Amber Mikec is a recent graduate of SRU.  She was a History Education and Theatre major and is excited to start a new chapter in her life.  She has experience teaching students grades 7-12 and has recently developed a love for teaching younger children while working with Deanna Brookens in Creative Drama.  She is honored and thrilled to bring a fun learning environment and bring theatre and knowledge to people’s lives in and out of a school setting.


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Beth Rodes (Discovering Great Artists)

Beth Rodes currently teaches first grade at Grove City Christian Academy, and previous to that she taught pre-school and kindergarten in Dallas, TX. She is a mom of three lively girls. Beth enjoys introducing young children to great artists, and using their work to inspire creative experiences for her students.



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Amy Stauff (Printmaking)

Amy has lived in Grove City for 5 years. She has a BS in Art Education from Kutztown University and is currently the art instructor for the lower grades at Grove City Christian Academy. Her particular interests within art are drawing and fiber arts.



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Angie Settlemire (Musical Theatre & Physical Theatre)

Angie is the founder and directer of Outta Theatre.  Over the last 17 years,  Angie has traveled throughout the United States and Europe, teaching and performing.   She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Grove City College.  After a year of teaching middle school choir and general music full time, she pursued 3 years of intensive physical theatre training at Mimeistry International in Pasadena, CA.

In 2007, Angie assisted with the choreography and direction of the mimodrame, Alice in Wonderland at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In 2009, Angie performed in the premiere of Lights Up Productions’ new musical, Lost in Vegas in East Hartford, CT.  She also worked 3 times as assistant director and mime teacher for the Summer Musical Theater  Intensive at the University of Hartford. In 2015, Angie became the director for Grove City Artworks Art & Theatre Camp and President of the board of Grove City Artworks.  She continues to teach private voice, piano, and acting lessons, as well as theatre classes for ages K-12.  She plans to continue expanding her class offerings and to create inspiring, fun, family friendly student and professional level performances for the community to enjoy.


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Vincent AnastasiVince Anastasi (Poetry & Song Writing)

Since elementary school, the power of words to frame and articulate personal expression in new and unexpected ways has been the study and hobby of Vincent Anastasi.  It began with early encounters with Dr. Seuss and personal parodies of pop tunes.  By the time high school arrived, he was working on original songwriting projects, releasing his first album in 1994.  Since then, he has continued to write poetry and music, releasing four additional albums of original music, including At the In Between under contract with record label, Tate Music Group, in 2012.  As a teacher, he has taught creative writing classes as well as courses that focus on the formal study of poetry both in the public school setting and privately.  He firmly believes that life is full of poetry, if only we will slow down enough to find it.  Mr. Anastasi resides in Grove City, PA with his wife, Sarah, and six children.



Anthony DeRosa (Art from the Earth: An introduction to Ceramic Arts)

Anthony grew up in the rural farming town of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and spent most of his youth fishing, hiking, hunting and camping with his family and friends.   He has always been intrigued by nature and so it was no surprise to him that he found his calling in clay. Throughout history ceramics has been a vital part of the human experience and Anthony often finds inspiration in the pots of ancient cultures.   He tries to use as many materials straight from nature as he can including clays, wood and plant ashes, and oxides to maintain a sort of primitive aesthetic in his pots.   His work has been exhibited across the United States and you can find him selling his wares under his claylias Mud Monkey Pottery.   He is currently studying Art Education at Slippery Rock University and will continue to teach folks art after graduation. When he is not busy studying or working in the studio, he enjoys hanging out with his dog Obi.









Desiree Davis (Disney’s Dancin’ Descendants)

Desiree Davis is a junior dance major at Slippery Rock University. Beginning at a young age of 2, Desiree grew up mastering multiple styles of dance, including: ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, and contemporary. She spent many years of her life performing in The Mancini All Stars, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, other productions, Freedom’s Big Red Marching Band, and recitals and showcases at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. For Desiree, the college dance experience began at Mercyhurst, where she gained numerous amounts of backstage experience. Her transfer to Slippery Rock University has allowed her to grow as a choreographer, performer, technician, instructor, and artist. Along with school, Desiree is a dance instructor on week nights at Jen’s Academy of Rhythm and Moves and Saturday mornings at Maria’s School of Dance.